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Stories by Todd R. Weiss

Are design issues to blame for e-vote 'flipping'?

Are some touch-screen voting machines really "flipping" votes from one candidate to another, or are the voters who claim their votes are being changed just wrong?

Written by Todd R. Weiss03 Nov. 08 10:02

Web 2.0: What's a local government to do?

Online constituent services, security, privacy, data integrity and 24/7 operations are already on the lengthy to-do lists of busy government IT workers. Should Web 2.0 features be added to those lists and become another integral part of the online services government provides?

Written by Todd R. Weiss18 June 08 08:39

Boston Police Turn to Text Messages to Fight Crime

Text a message and help solve a crime. That's the message the US Boston Police Department is sending out with the start of its first-ever program that now lets mobile phone users send anonymous text message crime tips to the city's Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line.

Written by Todd R. Weiss19 June 07 11:25

Mark Shuttleworth: A rags to space tale

Mark Shuttleworth made news in 2002 when he fulfilled a lifelong ambition and became the first South African into space, paying US$20 million to be a civilian cosmonaut on an eight-day flight aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. In 2004, he founded Ubuntu Linux to bring the operating system to people around the world. He is also the founder of HBD Venture Capital and the non-profit Shuttleworth Foundation.

Written by Todd R. Weiss18 June 07 09:09

Offshoring Isn't Just About the Money, Survey Suggests

Projected cost savings are almost always the key draw when companies consider sending some of their IT and business operations offshore. But performance gains can be a benefit of sending work overseas as well - as long as they are planned for from the start and built into contracts.

Written by Todd R. Weiss14 May 07 10:46

Snowflakes, Seashells and IBM's Future Chips

IBM is learning from naturally-forming patterns that create seashells, snowflakes and tooth enamel to build its next family of computer chips. The chips made with the new process will eventually be used in IBM's server product lines.

Written by Todd R. Weiss04 May 07 13:04

Hacker in Lowe's case sentenced to nine years

Two 21-year-old Michigan men were sentenced -- one to nine years and one to 26 months in federal prison -- for conspiring to hack into the IT systems of national home center chain Lowe's Companies and stealing customer credit card information.

Written by Todd R. Weiss20 Dec. 04 09:14

French Defense Ministry to adopt high-security Linux

The French Ministry of Defense has awarded an US$8.6 million, three-year contract to a consortium of companies, including Paris-based Linux vendor Mandrakesoft, to develop a highly secure Linux operating system for business, defense and government uses.

Written by Todd R. Weiss24 Sept. 04 11:44

British gov't agencies to test open-source software

A British government agency whose mission is to help reduce the cost of government is launching a series of nine IT "proof of concept" trial projects using open source software, including Linux.

Written by Todd R. Weiss10 Oct. 03 07:48